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Admission to PhD Program
NIT Rourkela

Eligibility Criteria for PhD Program

The minimum qualification required for admission to PhD programs in Engineering, Science, Planning & Architecture, Management, and Humanities & Social Sciences is one of the following:

  • ME/MTech/MScEngg/MPharm/MArch/MPlan/MDes in relevant discipline with at least 6.5 CGPA or 60% marks or 1st class in both BE/BTech/BScEngg/MSc/BPharm/MCA/BArch/ BDes or equivalent, and ME/MTech/MScEngg/MPharm/MArch/MPlan/MDes from a recognized Technical Institute or University.

  • BE/BTech/BScEngg/MSc/BPharm/MCA/BArch/BDes or equivalent in relevant discipline with CGPA of 7.0 or 65% marks

  • MSc in Basic Sciences with CGPA 7.0 or 65% marks in relevant disciplines. For applicants with valid GATE/NET/GPAT or equivalent score, requirement may be relaxed by maximum 0.5 CGPA or 5% marks.

  • MBBS/BVSc with CGPA 6.5 or 60% marks or 1st class

In addition to the above eligibility criteria (based on BTech, BArch, MSc, MBA, MA, MCom, MTech, MArch, MPlan, MDes and MPharm, etc. examinations), the following additional criteria will also be applicable:

  • A candidate should score minimum 6.5 CGPA or 60% marks or 1st class throughout career to be eligible for admission to PhD programme. The Departmental Research Committee (DRC), however, may make exception (marks < 60% or CGPA < 6.5) at its discretion in only one among the results of 10th, +2, BA, BSc, BCom, Diploma etc. (except qualifying degree) if the candidate has qualified in GATE/NET/GPAT or other national level fellowship tests like DST-INSPIRE, etc. or joined as JRF/SRF in any research project.

  • For admission to Engineering and Science disciplines (except Life Science), a candidate should have passed Mathematics in +2 Science or Diploma.

  • Science students admitted to PhD programme in Engineering/Physics/ Mathematics must have passed Mathematics at +3 level. Students without Mathematics at +3 level may be admitted under the condition that they will have to register for 14 credits of 1000 and 2000 level Mathematics and 1000 level Computer Science courses (Theory and Practical) in addition to their normal course requirement, and secure at least C grade in each course.

  • A student should have passed Life Science or Biological Science either at +2 or +3 level for admission to PhD in Life Science department.

  • Students without having qualifying degree in the primary discipline will be required to take up additional course work of 6 credits to gain adequate knowledge on the subject so as to be considered to qualify along with students with specialization in a primary discipline, unless explicitly exempted by the Senate. List of primary disciplines for specializations under various departments is given in Clause “D” below.

  • However, a higher shortlisting criteria (possibly different for different departments and for different categories of students) may be set by the Department during scrutiny of applications depending on departmental requirement, number and quality of applicants. Therefore, merely satisfying the minimum eligibility criteria does not guarantee a candidate to be called for interview and also mere attending an interview does not guarantee admission.

Applicants Awaiting Results

  • For thesis based Postgraduate degrees [(M. Tech. (Research), MS or equivalent], a student is permitted to submit the final result within one year from the date of thesis submission. However, one documentary evidence (proof of thesis submission) from the candidate’s Institute/University is required to be submitted at the time of admission.

Qualifying Degrees and Primary Disciplines for Admission

  • A Master’s degree in Engineering (any branch) / Medicine / Dental / Pharmacy / Veterinary OR a bachelor’s degree in Engineering (any branch) / Medicine / Dental / Pharmacy / Veterinary with valid GATE / NET / BET / GPAT score OR a MSc degree in Biotechnology / Life Sciences / Physics / Chemistry / Allied Sciences with 1st class in UG and PG degree with a valid GATE / NET / BET / GPAT score or any National level eligibility test. (For Biotechnology and Medical Engineering (BM) Department)



  • Where regular mode of education is available for any Degree/Qualification then Degree/Qualification obtained through any modes other than regular mode, i.e. Distance Learning, Correspondence Course, etc. will NOT be considered for the purpose of admission to PhD program of the Institute.

  • For selection of research scholars in any engineering discipline, students with BTech degree will be given preference over students with MSc degree, even if the latter may have an MTech Degree.

  • Students with any other relevant background may be eligible, but only with approval of the Senate or Chairman, Senate on the recommendation of the Departmental Research Committee (DRC).

  • There is no relaxation in academic requirement for SC/ST/OBC/EWS/PWD students, because the minimum academic requirements have been set to meet the basic challenges of the academic program. Also, the academic eligibility shall be same across all studentship categories (Institute fellowship, External fellowship, Project fellowship, Sponsored, etc.).

  • If the evaluation system is in grades, CGPA value will be considered and if the evaluation system is in marks, percentage value will be considered.

  • Students of one discipline may seek admission in a related department which will be considered on the basis of merit of the individual case(s).

  • Selection will be made on the basis of academic record, relevance of qualification, candidate’s research interest, existing research programs and facilities of the departments, and performance of the candidate in tests and/or interviews. Therefore, merely attending a tests and/or an intervw does not guarantee admission.

Financial Support

Institute Fellowships are available to the PhD students of all the departments. Prevailing rate of fellowship is given in the following table:

* Subject to clearing the Progress Seminar to be conducted by the department

Payment of Institute fellowship is effective from date of enrollment or starting date of biometric attendance whichever is later, but will be paid only after submission of all required documents by the scholars. Financial support is initially for a period of one year and will be renewed on year to year basis on satisfactory performance/progress.

However, fellowship will NOT be awarded to candidates above 32 years of age for PhD (35 years for SC/ST, and women candidates with at least one child) on the closing date of receipt of application. This restriction shall not apply to fellowships awarded by external agencies or sponsored projects

Individual External Fellowships

Candidates with individual external fellowships (CSIR-NET/UGC-NET/DSTINSPIRE/RGNF/ICSSR/Women Scientist, etc.) are especially encouraged to apply. The selection process will be same as that for other candidates. The rate and mode of payment of fellowship to such students will be governed as per the rules of the Sponsor / Funding Agency.

How to reach the Institute

Rourkela is located in the Howrah-Mumbai main Train route. Train connections are also available from Bhubaneswar and Ranchi. Night AC/Non-AC bus services are available from all major cities of Odisha (Bhubaneswar/Berhampur/Balasore, etc.). The Institute is located around 8 km. away from the Railway Station and 2 km away from Sector-3 Bus Stop. Usual rate of auto fare at present is Rs.150/- to Rs. 200/- and Rs. 100/- respectively. App based taxi services are also available in Rourkela.

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